Music Theory, Songwriting, The Muse, Writing

Saturday Songwriting: Through the Woods

Some songs I hear for the first time and I’m just floored. “You Are Not Alone,” performed by Mavis Staples is one of those songs. The lyric is simple, but deep. The chords and melody, likewise are pretty straight forward. But there are some kinks.  

Watch for the moment about 30 seconds in, right after the line “What’s that song . . . “  where Jeff Tweedy extends the song a measure on the Em and Mavis has to stop herself from singing the next line, because it’s what a person would expect to happen. That moment of space and melancholy fits the song perfectly. Could adding space, (or taking it away), help a song of yours? The only way to fing out is to try.  Here’s the video:

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Jennybird Alacantra’s “Tender”

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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